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Paola Soyumi Ramírez Peña

Paola Soyumi Ramírez PeñaPrograms Associate pramirez@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 Paola Soyumi Ramírez Peña (she/they) is a poet, screenwriter, and sociologist on multiple planets. They are the oldest of four, a novice skater, and a mediocre baker. They are the host and creator of Somos Poetas, a virtual poetry workshop for people of all experience levels and a

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Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh NguyenPoet Mentor hmnguyen@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of two collections of poetry, Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018), and This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014). His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Hobart, Boaat, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a graduate

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Aleah Bradshaw

Aleah BradshawPoet Mentor abradshaw@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 Aleah Bradshaw, known performatively as Nyfe, is a 25 year old performing artist, writer, and educator with a passion for poetry and hip hop as tools of liberation and creative expression. They were born and raised in Aurora, Colorado by two Trinidadian American immigrant parents and a community of poets

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Cornelia Sylvester

Cornelia Sylvester Interim Director of Development csylvester@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 ext. 11 Cornelia Sylvester, MA, is a Certified Professional Coach who works with leaders and stakeholders, facilitating and stewarding teams to develop and employ equity-informed practices and policies. Ultimately, her work is in service of building a world that values and improves the quality of life and

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Jeffrey Franco

Jeffrey Franco Interim Executive Director jfranco@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 ext. 11 Jeffrey Franco currently serves as the founder and CEO of Camino Consulting Group which supports social enterprise in fundraising, strategic planning, board development, and executive coaching. He is also an adjunct professor at American University on a course he designed and currently teaches on nonprofit management

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Sandy Vazquez

Sandy VazquezPoet Mentor svazquez@youthspeaks.org 415.255.9035 Sandy Vazquez is originally from Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Oakland. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in dance and spoken word. In 2016, she graduated from UCLA with a dual degree in Dance and Chicana/o Studies. Through her performance work, she has featured on stages

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